What did Ghislaine Maxwell do?
Ghislaine Maxwell has been released from solitary prison after nearly two years of “suffering,” according to her relatives. Maxwell, 60, who was convicted of sex trafficking and is awaiting sentencing, is now sharing a dormitory cell with other offenders and, for the first time, is allowed visits from family and friends.
Maxwell’s older brother Ian acknowledged that there were “dangers” in Maxwell now living with the general jail population, but it put an end to her “inhumane” treatment in isolation. He said he was looking forward to seeing her in jail after only having a few minutes with her during her high-profile court case. Maxwell is still being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she was brought after her arrest in July 2020.
On June 28, Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, will be jailed. Her lawyers were seeking for her to be relocated to a low-security prison with its relative comforts, while she faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusations
Maxwell has been accused of “brutal and demeaning” treatment throughout his 22 months in solitary confinement. She was put on suicide watch around the clock, roused up every 15 minutes by guards, and confined to a six-by-nine-foot cell with a concrete bed and lavatory. In retribution for filing a complaint, she said she was physically abused by a guard and told to scrub down the walls of a shower block.
Maxwell’s family had filed a legal complaint with the UN about the “dehumanizing” circumstances. Following the demise of her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, for whom she supplied underage girls for sex, prison officials feared Maxwell would commit herself.
“I am finally going to be able to visit Ghislaine,” Maxwell’s brother Ian told The Telegraph. “We haven’t had any significant interactions other from a few seconds of a snatched talk I had with her in the court’s bar. Because she has been released into the general population, I will be able to do so.”
After the trial judge Alison Nathan upheld the verdict at a hearing a week ago, Maxwell was moved out of isolation. After it was discovered that a juror had omitted to disclose childhood sexual assault during the jury selection process, Maxwell’s lawyers moved to have the guilty decision overturned.
Between 1994 and 2004, Maxwell was found guilty on multiple charges connected to the sex recruitment of young girls for Epstein, the infamous billionaire. She was Prince Andrew’s close friend and introduced him to Epstein.
Allegations that Prince Andrew had sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre at Maxwell’s residence in London in 2001 generated a legal case, which he eventually settled in February. Maxwell last spoke to Prince Andrew in June 2019, a month before Epstein was arrested on charges of child sex abuse. Epstein was never charged, and Maxwell was arrested a year later.